Incorrect Modified & Create Dates on Word 2003 files in shared fol

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Nivine Zakhari, Sep 28, 2004.

  1. Hi,

    I've got Win XP Pro SP 2 VM w/ Office Pro 2003 (all patches to date) with a
    shared folder to my host, also Win XP Pro, but no SP 2. Both VM and host
    using NTFS.

    For some reason, when I save files to the shared folder in Word 2003, the
    modified timestamp pre-dates the create date and successively regresses 5
    hours with each save. This only seems to happen with Word docs in the shared
    folder. Saves to virtual drive have the proper timestamps.

    Example:
    Create mytest.doc and save on vhd.
    Word file properties show: Create, Modified, Accessed dates all close to
    current date/time.
    Each subsequent save updates the modified date properly.

    Create mytest.doc and save on shared folder.
    File properties show: Create, Modified, Accessed dates all close to current
    date/time.
    Make changes to the file and save again.
    Now the Created Date has been updated to current date/time.
    The Modified Date has been turned back 5 hours (Original ModTime - 0500)
    Make changes to the file and save again.
    Now the Created Date has been updated to current date/time.
    The Modified Date has been turned back another 5 hours (Original ModTime -
    1000)
    This keeps happening with each save to the shared folder. I have some files
    with many revisions showing a modified date of several months ago when I've
    just finished working on them.

    I can't tell if this is a bug or a virus. McAfee says I'm clean. There are
    no unauthorized macros running. None of my other machines that exchange
    files with the VPC exhibit this behavior. It is ONLY on the VM and ONLY with
    Word 2003 files.
    I can save modified Excel files and Acrobat files with the correct
    timestamps to the shared folder.

    Any ideas?
     
    Nivine Zakhari, Sep 28, 2004
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    Mike C Guest

    Do you have the host and guest time zone settings the same?
     
    Mike C, Sep 28, 2004
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  3. Yes, they are both using CDT (CST = GMT -0600 with auto DST --> -0500) and
    autosync to time.microsoft.com

    It seems a coincidence the mod date keeps going backwards incrementally by
    the CDT offset to GMT
     
    Nivine Zakhari, Sep 28, 2004
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    Scott Baker Guest

    I've reproduced problems with the timestamp. It only
    occurs in Word (I'm using Word 2002, the OP was using
    Word 2003).

    Host and Guest are XP SP1. Time zones are the same.
    Additions are installed.

    I created a test document and saved it to a Shared Folder
    on the Host:
    Created Today, September 28, 2004, 9:58:13 AM
    Modified Today, September 28, 2004, 2:58:10 AM
    Accessed Today, September 28, 2004, 9:58:13 AM

    Later on I opened the document, made a change and save it:
    Created Today, September 28, 2004, 10:56:24 AM
    Modified Yesterday, September 27, 2004, 7:58:10 PM
    Accessed Today, September 28, 2004, 10:56:24 AM

    Using Excel, the initial save of the document showed no
    oddities. After making a modification and saving, the
    Modified date showed the same behavior as Word.

    Using text editors I'm not seeing any issues.

    Saving out to a network share I don't see this behavior.

    Scott
     
    Scott Baker, Sep 28, 2004
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    Guest Guest

    I should probably have said, it only appears to occur in
    (some?) Office products (rather than Word), since I was
    able to reproduce strange results with Excel as well.

    Scott
     
    Guest, Sep 28, 2004
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  6. This is a known bug that should be fixed in VPC SP1 (when released)
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    Ben Armstrong [MSFT], Sep 29, 2004
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    Scott Baker Guest

    Thanks Ben.

    Scott
     
    Scott Baker, Sep 29, 2004
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